- This article is about the character class. For the The Frozen Throne hero unit, see Dark Ranger (Warcraft III). For other uses, see Dark Ranger (disambiguation).
Scourge, Banshee loyalists
|Weapon types||Axe, Bow, Crossbow, Dagger, Scythe, Sword|
|Could also be||Hunter, Scout, Ranger|
Dark rangers are undead archers mostly in service of the Forsaken. These cunning individuals, adept at manipulating opponents, are mainly Darkfallen composed of forcibly raised Farstrider rangers of Quel'Thalas. They now enjoy nothing more than sowing dissension and hatred within the enemy ranks. They are considered as the elite agents of the Forsaken on the battlefields, and once, served as the personal guards of Sylvanas Windrunner.
At the time of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the Ranger Lord Nathanos Blightcaller trained a new generation of dark rangers comprising of undead humans. Following the War of the Thorns, numerous night elves were raised to undeath and became dark rangers under the lead of their captain, Delaryn Summermoon. At the end of the Fourth War, some of the dark rangers joined Sylvanas and her loyalists after she abandoned the Horde, the others remained loyal to the Forsaken and their faction.
- 1 History
- 2 Races
- 3 Known
- 4 In Warcraft III
- 5 In the RPG
- 6 Items
- 7 Character customization
- 8 Notes
- 9 Speculation
- 10 Gallery
- 11 References
When Prince Arthas Menethil invaded Quel'Thalas, he raised the fallen members of Sylvanas Windrunner's army either as incorporeal banshees or as intact bodies. These fallen high elves would become known as Darkfallen, prowling the lands as dark rangers for the Scourge. Over time, some returned to the forests, others were sent on missions, and a few simply stayed put. When Arthas' power began to wane after his return from Kalimdor, Sylvanas called the dark rangers to her side. They accompanied her to Deatholme.
Wrath of the Lich King
The dark rangers joined the Forsaken assault into Northrend, and many were seen as part of the Hand of Vengeance. After the liberation of the Undercity from the traitors Putress and Varimathras, the Forsaken as a whole came under scrutiny, and the Kor'kron Elite were stationed in the Undercity. Among the changes made were the additions of Dark Ranger Clea, Dark Ranger Cyndia and Dark Ranger Anya, now serving as the elite patrols within the Undercity, replacing the Seekers.
As the war in Northrend drew to a close, Lady Sylvanas herself traveled to the Frozen Halls to take vengeance upon Arthas. Dark Ranger Vorel enlisted agents of the Horde to meet with the Dark Lady along with Dark rangers Loralen and Kalira. Loralen is ultimately slain by the Lich King, though Kalira manages to gather reinforcements in the form of Orgrim's Hammer in order to escape the halls.
Following the death of the Lich King, the Forsaken have reinforced their territories and took a far more aggressive stance in their war against the remnants of the Scarlet Crusade, the Scourge, and the Alliance. Consequently, the dark rangers have taken on a more visible presence, and could be seen throughout Silverpine Forest, Arathi Highlands and Hillsbrad Foothills.
During the Battle for Gilneas, a number of dark rangers accompanied Lady Sylvanas and discovered the Scythe of Elune, the likes of which would allow the Forsaken to have full dominion over the worgen, though it escaped from their grasp.
Under the command of Dark Ranger Alina and Galen Trollbane, the Forsaken have set their sights on the Arathi Highlands. Later, Alina believed that the fallen nation of Stromgarde would make a fine setting for a new Undercity.
At the time of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Ranger Lord Nathanos Blightcaller finished training a new generation of Forsaken rangers made up of undead humans, making the undead racial composition of the order more diverse.
Prior to the Battle for Broken Shore, dark rangers could be seen at the Dranosh'ar Blockade in Durotar, preparing for the assault. They were later present on the battlefield, alongside the forces of the Horde against the demons. Later, a contingent of dark rangers led by Dark Ranger Velonara joined the Unseen Path, the union of all hunters on Azeroth.
Before the Storm
As the Gathering occurred in the Arathi Highlands, Sylvanas took 200 dark rangers with her to Thoradin's Wall. When Sylvanas noticed the Forsaken of the Desolate Council walking towards Stromgarde Keep, defecting to the Alliance, she ordered the dark rangers to kill every Forsaken on the field but spare the humans. The rangers mounted bats and carried out the task, harming no humans. Then they regrouped with their queen where she just killed Calia Menethil. As King Anduin Wrynn gathered Calia's body, Sylvanas and her dark rangers simply left.
Battle for Azeroth
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During the Fourth War, dark rangers participated in the War of the Thorns and other major conflicts. After the fall of the Undercity, a group of them conducted a guerilla war from the abandoned town of Strahnbrad against the Alliance.
Numerous night elves slain during the War of the Thorns were raised to undeath as Darkfallen by the Horde. These undead kaldorei became Kaldorei Dark Rangers, and are since led by Delaryn Summermoon who acts as their new captain. The Warden Sira Moonwarden was also raised to join the Forsaken, but as a "Dark Warden". They later participated in the Battle for Darkshore as part of the Horde forces.
During the conflict, dark rangers were generally used as elite enforcers of Sylvanas' will, executing the warchief's secret orders and protecting its loyalists. While some of them sided with Sylvanas when she betrayed the Horde, many more remained with the Horde however.
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Following the end of the war against the Jailer, a number of dark rangers joined the Forsaken as they mustered in the Tirisfal Glades. In the rebuilding Brill, they took position to protect the town and destroy the blighted undead in the area. After the Ruins of Lordaeron were cleansed, the dark rangers moved there and began to patrol, while Dark Ranger Velonara joined the Desolate Council, the new governing body of the Forsaken.
Among the night elves raised as Darkfallen during the Battle for Darkshore, Delaryn Summermoon and others dark rangers decided to stay with the Forsaken, while others had the right to return to their own and rejoined the Alliance.
Nearly all dark rangers are undead high elves with blood-red eyes and deathly pale skin, once Farstrider rangers of Quel'Thalas, killed by Arthas Menethil and his Scourge during the Scourge invasion of Quel'Thalas.
Appearance and attire
Elven dark rangers are typically clad in a leather-looking outfit complete with a hood, which could be seen as a dark twist of the Farstrider attire. Nearly all of them are seen with a cloak. Dark Ranger Anya is a prominent example of this style. Another dark ranger outfit, as sported by Dark Ranger Lyana, is also not an uncommon dark ranger style of choice.
The generation of Forsaken rangers, comprising of undead humans trained by Nathanos, appear to favor the woodsman axe and the crossbow in contrast to the bow and arrow typically employed by their undead elf counterparts. Like Nathanos, they sport a leather-looking outfit and optionally a hood and face mask.
A female Kaldorei dark ranger.
|Sylvanas Windrunner||Former Queen of the Forsaken||Active||Various|
|Nathanos Blightcaller||Champion of the Banshee Queen||Deceased||Various|
|Dark Ranger Velonara||Member of the Desolate Council||Active||Various|
|Delaryn Summermoon||Night elf dark ranger captain||Active||Various|
|Ranger Captain Areiel||Former captain of the dark rangers||Deceased||Ghostblade Post, Howling Fjord|
|Dark Ranger Alina||Quest giver||Active||Galen's Fall, Arathi Highlands|
|Dark Ranger Anya||Active||Various|
|Dark Ranger Clea||Active||Various|
|Dark Ranger Cyndia||Active||Various|
|Dark Ranger Denyelle||Deceased||Boralus Harbor|
|Dark Ranger Kalira||Active||Various|
|Kitala Starshadow||Active||Dazar'alor, Tirisfal Glades|
|Lenara||Recruiter for the Unseen Path||Active||Various|
|Dark Ranger Loralen||Deceased||Icecrown Citadel|
|Dark Ranger Lyana||Quest giver||Deceased||Various|
|Dark Ranger Marrah||Quest giver||Active||Various|
|Dark Ranger Thyala||Leading the invasion of Gilneas||Deceased||Duskmist Shore, Gilneas|
|Dark Ranger Vorel||Active||Various|
|Dark Ranger Thandel||Deceased||Underhold during|
|Dark Ranger Zanra||Deceased||Underhold during|
- Dark Rangers - Howling Fjord
- Veteran Dark Rangers - Blackwald, Gilneas
- Dark Scout - Blackwald, Gilneas
- Dark Ranger Elites - Gilneas City, Gilneas
- Dark Rangers - Silverpine Forest
- Dark Rangers - Hillsbrad Foothills
- Dark Rangers - Durotar
- Dark Rangers - Battle for the Broken Shore
- Dark Rangers - Cove of Nashal, Stormheim
- Forsaken Dark Rangers - Warden Towers in the Broken Isles
- Dark Rangers - War of the Thorns event, Darkshore
- Dark Rangers - Ruins of Lordaeron, Battle for Lordaeron
- Dark Rangers - Tiragarde Sound
- Dark Rangers - Tol Dagor
- Kaldorei Dark Rangers - Darkshore
- Dark Rangers - The Swift Vengeance, Tiragarde Sound
- Dark Rangers - Stormsong Valley
- Dark Rangers - Underhold
- Dark Rangers - Tirisfal Glades
- Dark Rangers - Tirisfal Glades
In Warcraft III
- Main article: Dark Ranger (Warcraft III)
Dark Ranger icon from Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
In the RPG
When Sylvanas Windrunner, Banshee Queen of the Forsaken, regained her physical body, she realized that the natural world would never respond to her wishes again. Angered by this development, she turned to the arts that were becoming more and more natural to her: Necromancy. She altered her elven ranger teachings into a new form. Thus, the dark rangers were born.
Dark rangers are similar to their high elven cousins but focus on shadowcraft more than nature. Dark rangers are silent and invisible stalkers of the shadows, felling unsuspecting opponents with a single arrow. Dark rangers still favor the bow as the ultimate weapon, using the same arts that Quel'Thalas taught for millennia. Their spells work with manipulating the essences of life and death, as well as various horrible curses and mind-enslaving abilities.
Dark rangers' senses grow sharper than even those of other Forsaken. The dark ranger learns how to fade into dark conditions, wrapping herself with shadows. The skilled dark ranger can notice the tiny movements of her enemies along with other visual and auditory cues that allow her to react more quickly in combat.
While they no longer study nature, dark rangers remain some of the best trackers in the world. Naturally, most dark rangers hail from the scout class, but many newer rangers are former rogues, who use their stealth abilities to act as silent and near-invisible slayers for the Dark Lady.
Once fully trained, Sylvanas's dark rangers once again assumed their roles as guardians and hunters, now working for the Forsaken. Some undead, especially former elves, view rangers as a necessary force and trust them implicitly. Other Forsaken view these shadow killers as relics of an old past, with an inability to move along with the times.
An elven ranger who dies and returns as a Forsaken undergoes a great shock. She can no longer cast elven ranger spells and loses her woodland stride ability. While some may choose to let things be, most immediately seek out a dark ranger to relearn their arts.
An elven ranger seeking to convert to a dark ranger must, of course, have died, returned as a Forsaken, and seek to learn the arts of the shadow rather than the wild. This ordeal is difficult, as the dark ranger must twist everything she was taught about nature to start learning her darker trade. Then comes the hard part. A dark ranger-to-be must undergo a lengthy trial, where she unlearns everything she was taught as an elf and learns the new arts of a Forsaken.
A recent movement among the Forsaken has taken hold of dark rangers. The Cult of Forgotten Shadow moves like wildfire among the undead, and the dark rangers are no exception to the obsession with the faith.
To fill the void left by the "loss of their druidism," the dark rangers latched onto the Forgotten Shadow. Most dark rangers sympathize with the origins of the Forgotten Shadow and perhaps understand the Shadow more than any other undead in Lordaeron. While this movement disturbs Lady Sylvanas, she allows it to continue.
The quest achievement unlocks "Dark Ranger" customization with white skin and glowing red eye options for blood elf, void elf, and night elf characters. The customization isn't available to death knight and demon hunter characters.
Before patch 9.2.5, it was possible to almost fully replicate the dark ranger look and outfit in World of Warcraft. A blood elf female using extremely pale skin (a death knight often works) can acquire the (legs, hands, and shoulders), (chest), (cape), and (boots, or a similar model) can be found. The red eyes are difficult to bypass, though or an identical model conveniently offers both a hood and cosmetic red eyes.
- Unlike the others, Velonara was brought back as a dark ranger by Sylvanas Windrunner and not the Scourge.
- Many dark ranger NPCs can use the talent, like their Warcraft III counterpart.
- The death knight Lady Alistra uses a dark ranger skin, something not available to death knight player characters.
- Dark rangers did not play a particularly large role in the original World of Warcraft, presumably because of the lack of unique high elf/blood elf models.
- Since the addition of the base high/blood elven model, they have a more visible presence in the game.
- Imhadria, a stable master of the Knights of the Ebon Blade at the Shadow Vault, may be a dark ranger.
- ^ a b
- ^ Warcraft III
- ^ a b c d
- ^ World of Warcraft: Sylvanas, pg. 184
- ^ World of Warcraft: Sylvanas, chapter 13
- ^ Curse of the Worgen
- ^ Before the Storm
- ^ a b Dark Ranger Velonara#Quotes
- ^ Horde Player's Guide, 41-43
- ^ a b c d e f Horde Player's Guide, pg. 41
- ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 43
- ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 202